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Infants! You have to be kidding!

June 5, 2012

Today I see that a woman was arrested for driving off with a baby in a car seat sitting on the roof of the car. She and the boy friend had stopped off to buy some beer, that after he was arrested for DUI shortly before. Oh, if you think for a moment that there was a safe and happy ending to this story, you are wrong. The baby died from the fall as the mother drove away..

Yesterday, if I remember correctly, there was a story out about a couple who apparently let their infant starve to death. The jury may still be out on that one until the authorities are convinced there were no medical issues. Bottom line though, if the child was not thriving, why wasn’t it taken in to see a doctor?

It’s easy to conclude that children are having children or that some young girls and their running mates, usually boyfriends, are just sorry, more concerned about the next high, the next party or whatever.

There are resources for young Moms. Most hospitals have social workers who try very hard to ensure that babies go home with a life line of sorts. Young mothers receive basic maternal care training before they go home. And they have someone to call later if need be. There are other agencies in town dedicated to helping the family with child care problems as well. And of course, anyone who knows of a helpless infant in the hands of an inadequte mother, may use the toll free, anoymouns, child abuse hotline.

The key here is that these deaths involved infants. They are the most vulnerable. They are fully dependent on a mother or mother suregate. They die quickly when their drunken mother rolls over on them in bed. They die slowly after they have been shaken violently because they were crying. They die screaming when a fire starts up from carelessness and roars into the nursery.They die silently when they are violently punched, kicked or thrown to the floor.

I’m sorry. I tend to preach to the choir. Just keep these two little ones in mind. And get going if there is any real evidence that a baby may be in trouble somewhere. No joke, it could be the difference between life and death.

From → Child Abuse

  1. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.

    • I really don’t know what I’m doing with the blog itself. But, I am a writer and I have had 30 years of experience in programs for delinquent and dependent children. This is definitely not a paid theme. I like to think the blog doesn’t need to be all gussied up as long as what I have to say and how I say it works.

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